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Incredibly Geeky Cross Stitch

Right. It's about time I actually make a post about these here in my own journal, instead of just in communities. Journal? What journal?

I've been doing cross stitch projects for years, but always from kits. Last summer I finally got around to attempting my own designs, and I've been having a lot of fun with them since. I actually started with a bigger project, which I only half-finished and wasn't very happy with. But that project had mini versions of various Doctor Who creatures and items, and I started working on smaller things. Then I tried to figure out what the heck I could make with those small designs, and ended up at bookmarks. Someday I'll get around to bigger projects (I've got one in the works now, actually), but...I have so many ideas for bookmarks! SO MANY. Most of them are Doctor Who, but I have various other geeky ideas as well. Eventually I may actually make some of those.

So! Have a pile of geeky bookmarks. I'll start with the few that I haven't already posted in crafty_tardis.

First off, a quote from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. I haven't read many graphic novels (aside from manga), but I love Neil and kept hearing about how awesome this series is. So I borrowed it from the library, volume by volume, trying to time my holds so I didn't have to wait too long between books. Now I need to own it. All of it. As soon as I find something to use for money. I absolutely love the story and characters, and really want to attempt something with chibi Dream and Death. Because omg, chibi Dream and Death. If you like fantasy and/or Neil Gaiman, go read this series. If you don't want to buy it right away, it's totally worth waiting for on hold.

And after that long introduction, the actual bookmark! I was really happy about how the wings turned out.

Next is a Star Trek bookmark I made for cannedebonbon. I started watching the series because of her, and while I'm not a really big fan I do have fun with it. The chibi Kirk and Spock patterns came from black-lupin on deviantART, "T'hy'la" was Candy's suggestion, the hearts and holding hands bit was my idea (and I'm not a Kirk/Spock fangirl so that was just amusing and cute to me), and the badges are mostly just there to fill up space and make the whole thing bookmark-shaped. The badges were designed by me and therefore look less awesome than the rest of it. :P

And my last non-Doctor Who bookmark is from LoadingReadyRun. It's based on their Creepy Doll plushie and shirts, which are awesome and adorable and not actually all that creepy. If you're not familiar with them you should check them out, they do geeky comedy videos every week, as well as an annual fundraiser for Child's Play called Desert Bus (they've just put up their first announcement of the year! I'm already excited. <3). And I promise I'm finished promoting other people now. ;)

And now for the Doctor Who bookmarks. I already talked a little about them in my posts at crafty_tardis, so if you're interested you can jump over there, and if you're tired of my ramblings you don't have to read more of them. Everybody wins!

Disappearing TARDIS:


Don't Blink:

The Angels Have the Phone Box:

Bowties and Fezzes:

Chrismas Dalek (I haven't taken a picture of the finished version yet, but I love this one):

Skittles Daleks That I Will One Day Get Around to Tweaking and Finishing, I Swear:

And that's it, for the moment. I'm currently working (slowly) on a K-9 design, solely because I asked someone "TARDIS or Daleks?" and he answered "K-9." So we'll see how that goes.

And now, as a reward for everyone who made it this far...shameless self-promotion! Yay!
I recently started a shop on Etsy for my bookmarks, called The Dalek's Teahouse. It's got most of these Doctor Who bookmarks, as well as the Sandman one, and I've put up a few patterns for the bookmarks as well. The Christmas Dalek one should be going up in a few days. If you have any suggestions or requests, or just want me to hurry up with Skittles Daleks, let me know! If anything sells out, I'll put it back up for sale as soon as I can.

So I hope you like the bookmarks, and didn't mind my ramblings (or just skipped past them). I have a lot of fun with these, and I really love them.  ^_^


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Apr. 28th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! I think I originally just planned to do 4 or 5 TARDISes, all the same, but then came up with the disappearing design. Which is a lot more interesting. :D Glad you like it so much!
Apr. 27th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
from the cross-stitch comm
welcome to the stitch com! and i love the skittles daleks. i don't follow dr who, but there seems to be an awful lot of who-dom that stitches, so you should feel right at home. :-D

Apr. 28th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
Re: from the cross-stitch comm
Thanks! It's neat seeing the variety of pieces in this community. There are goddesses and cats, and there are little Star Trek and Doctor Who projects too. It's great. ^_^
Apr. 28th, 2011 08:23 pm (UTC)
Here from cross_stitch. These are gorgeous! I've done Doctor Who bookmarks before, but your designs are a thousand times more creative than mine. I love them all (disappearing TARDIS, of course, but also the Christmas Dalek and the Fez + Bowtie = Love). Good luck with your Etsy page! :)
Apr. 28th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC)
Aww, how are my bookmarks any more creative than yours? (Followed tags on your journal *cough*) They're a different style, but not less creative. I've been shying away from sewing people because I don't think I could do them well. And it takes me forever to figure out a design I'm happy with, which often ends up being quite different from my original plan. Anyway, I think yours are awesome too. ^^

But thanks for the compliments! And it's nice to see praise for designs other than the TARDIS one, even if it is my favourite. :P
Apr. 29th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
So for the first time in months I decide to log into Live Journal and this is the first entry I see, and it's awesome! I love all of these designs (I somehow got into the habit of watching Star Trek and Doctor Who) and these bookmarks defiantly make my day :). I particularly like the disappearing TARDIS and the Skittles Daleks, I'll be sure to check out your shop on Etsy sometime soon :D

Apr. 29th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
lol awesome, considering this was the first time in forever that I actually made a post. Also I'd just been thinking "I need to reply to Jessi's email" and then I saw I'd gotten a comment from you. XD

Also awesome that you're watching Doctor Who. :D I'm trying to force more of my friends to watch it. :P And I really need to get around to finishing that skittles daleks bookmark...someday...

Anyway, glad you like them all. ^_^ I'm still amused that my very first bookmark design is the one that's most people's favourite. Guess I just can't make anything better than that one. :P
Apr. 30th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
♥ the colorful Dalek one!
May. 30th, 2011 11:27 am (UTC)
A-A-Amazing!!! They're all so adorableeeee~ :D
Jun. 1st, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
Poor Christmas dalek.

Awesome work!
Sep. 29th, 2011 09:49 pm (UTC)
OMG!! They are great!!!
I was looking up on google how to make cross stitch bookmarks and these ones appeared!!
I want to make one as well for a b-day present (I have a Harry Potter design ready *-* ) but I have a doubt that's eating me inside!! >.> So I thought I could ask you...how do these bookmarks looks in the back side? Do you cover it with fabric? Or just leave it as it is?

I hope you could help me!!

Kind Regards,
Sep. 29th, 2011 10:58 pm (UTC)
Hey Arashi, I'm glad you like them!

There are several different ways you can finish them. Some people just leave the back as it is, but I prefer not to since it looks rather messy. I sew felt onto the back, which makes them a bit thick, but I think not too thick for bookmarks. You can also use fabric, which is obviously a lot thinner. If you pick a thread close to the colour of your felt or fabric, it won't be very noticable on the back.

Regardless of what you do, I'd recommend stitching around the sides so that the edges don't fray too much (that's what the line is around the edges of my bookmarks).

I'm too lazy to upload a picture, but if you go here and look at the last picture you can see what one of my backs looks like.

And if that's not enough info for you, try this thread, it has a bunch of useful suggestions and links.

If you're not sure what method you want to do, you can always get some scraps of fabric and thread and experiment. Then you can try different things without worrying about messing up your present. ^_^
Sep. 30th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
Wow, I never expected a response so quick!! Tanks!! <3

And Thank you so much!!!
You have helped me a lot!!!
I have a lot of time ahead for this b-day, so I'll try what you told me!!
Thank you so much!!
I'll add you as a friend, hope you don't mind ^^

Thanks!! <3
Sep. 30th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
You're welcome, glad I could help! And I guess I just had good timing. ;)

Good luck with finding something that works for you. I've found the cross stitch comm (that the post was from) can be pretty helpful for stuff like this, and besides that I've just experimented. It might take a bit of time, but I'm sure you'll come up with something you're happy with. ^_^

I don't mind at all! I'm mostly a lurker though, so you won't see too many posts from me. :P
Nov. 2nd, 2012 01:25 am (UTC)
That Star Trek bookmark is fantastic! Would you maybe consider putting up the pattern for the badges because they are the best I have ever seen.
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